Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Blended Malt
Douglas Laing (DL)
Bottling serie
Small Batch Release
46.8 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
15 Sep 2014 12:29 pm by Erik Elixir

Average value

€ 40.28

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261 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Timorous Beastie DL

41 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 80.72 points

  1. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 83 points Super Administrator

    Inspired by Robert Burns' poem 'To a Mouse', Timorous Beastie is a Highland Blended Malt of Blair Athol, Glengoyne, Dalmore and Glen Garioch. A bit off-putting at first, the nose unfolds with butterscotch and intense floral notes before heather honey, citrus fruits and juniper start to emerge. The taste is surprisingly spicy and gingery, featuring mashed berries, creamy vanilla and a touch of eucalyptus. This little fellow is not shy at all! Fading with milky cereals, licorice and hints of sweet malt, the finish turns slightly dry and nutty. Not bad, I would say.

    RATING: 3.5/5.0 stars ≙ 83 pts → ABOVE AVERAGE
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      82 82

  2. robbert88 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      chocolate, sultanta cookies, cereal, honey, a spicy punch in the nose. Wood, caramel, butterscotch, freshly cut grass and fruit.
    • Taste
      Lots of sweetness, oily, greasy structure, a bit of a fresh minty taste, wood tannins that pull your mouth together. Spicyness of pepper and cloves.
    • Finish
      Short, flattens quickly, bitterness of wood, chocolate sultana biscuits.

  3. stefan_PB scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Very nice "all-day-dram". A great blend, which has a top price-performance ratio.
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      74 74

  4. Sandman scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Honey, lime, apple cider, mown grass, peach, white grapes, hint of chocolate and raisins.
    • Taste
      Bitter, oak, lemon, touch of salt, toffee, sweetened peach, apple, pear, hay, butter butter, raisins, chocolate and licorice.
    • Finish
      Medium, dry, lemon, hints of grass, oak and licorice.

  5. HammerHead scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  6. wisekycourse scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    On the nose, spices, a hint of smoke, mixed yellow orange fruit! In the mouth, vanilla, sweet spices, sweet candied orange fruits and a little lemon, some soft wood, cocoa and always a trace of smoke! In the end, same aromas, but it's relatively short! A blend with 4 distilleries on the counter, a nice bottle, but scents already seen and reviewed, we remain in the universe aseptic blend!

  7. KayMeertens scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    A blend and NAS, that's not very promising. But I have to say that I like it.
    • Nose
      Creamy and fruity. Peach, custard, apple. Young but not overly blend-like.
    • Taste
      More clearly a blend. Apple, peach, caramel, nuts, pepper and a little smoke.
    • Finish
      More nutty. Custard, apple and still a bit peppery.

  8. Magnus Hillman scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Not bad at all I believe, although I can think of plenty with blends that are much cheaper and with higher quality. But a good nose and flavors in this one despite the rawness.

    (Rating interval 81-84)
    • Nose
      Some young spirit is really distinct when first nosing, but there are flavors beneath the rather raw presentation. Lets see what can be found. Breakfast cereal, bread and paper but also citrus, yeast and honey. After a while some soft hints of peanut butter and dried fruit are coming through. 
    • Taste
      The arrival is soft and sweet, with spices and mint appearing in the development. It continues with some perfumed wood (cedar?), honey and maple syrup and at the same time quite substantial, oily and mouth filling. The peanuts are still there.
    • Finish
      The finish is really short and dry with black pepper, dry honey, vanilla and ginger. It's definitely a bit raw on the finish.

  9. recursiewhisky scored this whisky 73 points Expert Senior

    This is a very light and sweet whisky. It’s a bit thin and watery on the palate (despite the 46.8%). Adding water to this dram does not really work for me and makes the weak palate even weaker. The nose becomes a bit fruitier and even sweeter.

    All in all it’s a nice summery dram to sip mindlessly although it’s quite steeply priced for the quality you get.

    • Nose
      A fresh, sweet and young whisky with aromas of hay, honey, grass, floral tones (heather), fainth sherry, subtle dried fruits (sultana and plum), apple, berries, pear, caramel, icing sugar, grain, subtle citrus tones, solvents and subtle oak.
    • Taste
      A young, vibrant, sweet and fresh whisky with aromas of honey, sugar, caramel, nuts, hay, grass, butter, green apples, a hint of beeswax, subtle spices, floral tones, pepper, subtle aniseed, hint of bitter cocoa powder and a little oak.
    • Finish
      A shot to medium and sweet finish with aromas of honey, fudge, grain, toffee, subtle spices and a faint hint of oak.

  10. The_Osprey scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    Timorous Beastie (Douglas Laing) (Blended Malt). Consumed Dec 2018. Quite pale. Aroma has vanilla oak and butter, lots of pale wood. Taste - subtle peat, woody, lots of fresh oak and wood shavings with some apple. Salty boozy linger. Not bad. (3.3/79)


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